The Wellington Infantry Battalion sailed off to war in October 2014 with their mascot, Paddy, on board.
There was an order prohibiting pets but it was successfully argued that Paddy, an Irish Terrier, was a pre-war official mascot and therefore should be allowed to travel with the regiment. Paddy belonged to Sergeant-Major Beaumont Woodhead, a professional soldier who was Company Sergeant Major of ‘A’ Company.
Photo courtesy of National Army Museum
Paddy served on the battlefields of Egypt, Gallipoli, France, Belgium and Germany, eventually being promoted to the rank of Scout Sergeant- Major.
Paddy’s name plate reading ‘Paddy 7th Regiment Wanganui’ is on display at the National Army Museum in Waiouru, New Zealand
Source: National Army Museum
Does your dog celebrate St Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. St Pawtrick’s Day)?
Most dogs don’t really enjoy being dressed in costume. However, there are breeds that have Irish roots. Let’s honor these breeds on St Patrick’s Day and simply include our dogs in the celebrations rather than dressing them up!
Grab a Guinness and let’s toast:
The Irish Setter, pictured here are Daisy Sheridan and family at her birthday in 2010
The Irish Terrier
The Irish Water Spaniel
The Irish Wolfhound
The Glen of Imaal Terrier
The Kerry Blue Terrier
The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Tagged Daisy Sheridan, Glen of Imaal Terrier, Guinness, Irish Setter, Irish Terrier, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Wolfhound, Kerry Blue Terrier, Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, St Patrick's Day